Note: Make sure to scroll to the bottom and see Garry Maynard’s contribution to this story. Thanks, Gerry!
I am truly horrified and embarrassed to realize how long I’ve had these particular files in the queue. I’m hoping that “better late than never” applies here and I apologize. I’ll let the email from Robert Miele speak for itself. Thank you for these memories!
I was at Valley Forge Military Academy last weekend with my wife, Carole, and daughter, Gabriella where I became aware of bandsir.com from Bill Kear and Gerry Maynard. It was great seeing some of the guys that I have not seen in 45 years. It was especially great seeing Gerry Maynard and Tim Erdman who were my plebe buds.
I am sending you music that was recorded by Cadet John Getz‘s father on reel-to-reel tape. Recently, my wife had this tape put onto a CD. It is our performance at the Harrisburg Horse Show in October of 1969. It has the fanfare trumpets along with the marching band. Some of the formations make it difficult to hear the whole band together at times as we were facing in different directions. However, some of the songs are quite clear as we were in formation facing forward. It also has my performance playing the Post Horn Gallop with Jeff Jarvis playing the echo. Actually, Mr. Getz taped me playing the Post Horn twice. I believe one performance of it is in the afternoon and the other is the evening performance. You may want to delete one of the two performances.
When I play this music for family and friends, they cannot believe their ears. They think it is being played by professionals. At times I can hardly speak when they ask me about it as I get choked up and it literally brings tears to my eyes. I realize that even today, I still have all this pride in the band and the work we did together as a team of young men playing our hearts out for Colonel Feltham who brought the best performance out of us. It is no wonder why we were called, “The Best Band in The Land.”
I also want to thank you so very much for setting up this website for us to access. As I get older and look back at my life, it is nice to have something concrete to both reflect on and share especially with my wife, daughter and family members. Thanks for making this possible.
P.S. I got this note from Gerry Maynard earlier today:
Thank you immensely for what you do with BandSir.com.I just commented on the 69 Harrisburg Horse show posting. Also just took a picture of a picture in the ’70 VF Crossed Sabres of Bob Miele playing the Post Horn Gallop at that 69 show. I’m no tech guy at all (a real dinosaur) but it is attached (if I did that correctly). Not sure if you could link it up somehow to the 69 Harrisburg posting you did. Just a thought—if not, no problem at all.
Again, thanks for everything.
Gerry Maynard, 68, 70.